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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Courtney Breese

Blogger Bio:  Courtney Breese is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce University, where she was introduced to dialogue & deliberation.

Democracy Rising – Call for Contributions

NCDD Member Tom Prugh is working with Resilience.org to launch a blog series on the site, titled “Democracy Rising.” The goal of the blog is to introduce the readership to deliberative democracy. He’s working with some fellow NCDD members already, but is looking to expand the list of contributors. What better way than to reach out to you, the NCDD network! Below is a description of the series and its purpose from Tom. Read on for more information on how to express your interest. Democracy […] (continue)

Announcing the Summer Learning Springboard, July 26-30!

NCDD is excited to announce the lineup of events for the first-ever Summer Learning Springboard event, July 26-30, 2021! The Springboard is a week-long series of  virtual skill-building, learning exchange, and networking events. Spend some time this summer improving and exploring your dialogue and deliberation practice with your peers in a variety of sessions! Registration for the SLS is just $10 for NCDD Members and $20 for non-members, and includes access to all included sessions and networking spaces. Other workshops are offered with a separate […] (continue)

Session Applications are Now Open for NCDD’s Summer Learning Springboard!

NCDD is excited to announce the launch of session applications for our upcoming Summer Learning Springboard! The Summer Learning Springboard is a virtual convening from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). This convening will consist of a variety of skill building sessions and learning exchanges over the course of approximately one week in late July (exact dates TBD). Participants will register to attend specific sessions, with a variety of free and fee-based events. Members of the NCDD community are invited to submit a […] (continue)

Check out the NCDD All-Network Call Recording!

On February 17th NCDD held our first call of 2021. This all-network call asked participants to share where they are putting energy into their work this year. They proposed topics they would like to discuss with others, and we had about 6-7 active sessions going on simultaneously. It was a great networking event! Topics mainly focused in a few areas: Online engagement, including expanding participation, access, and inclusion Diversity, equity, and inclusion Building others skills and increasing the value of good process In the wrap-up […] (continue)

All-Network Call: Where Will You Put Your Energy in 2021?

NCDD is excited to kick off our 2021 network programming with an all-network call Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific. Register today to secure your spot! Unlike many of our past webinars and calls, this all-network call will put participants in the driver’s seat. As we all start 2021, there is so much work to be done with regards to engaging our communities, bringing people together across differences, and tackling the challenges of this moment. We know you are all thinking about […] (continue)

National Civic League Webinar 1/21: Bridging Divides Through Community Dialogue

NCDD partner organization the National Civic League is hosting a webinar this Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific. The webinar, titled Bridging Divides through Community Dialogue features NCDD’s own Courtney Breese as well as members John Sarrouf of Essential Partners and Hollie Cost, former mayor of Montevallo, Alabama. We hope you will join this exciting event! For more information, check out the event announcement below, or go to the webinar registration page to sign up! Join the National Civic League for a webinar […] (continue)

A Message from NCDD Board Chair Martín Carcasson

For the past seven years, I have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, the last four as the chair. My term is officially over at the end of the year. NCDD serves as an umbrella organization for academics, practitioners, artists, and volunteers committed to improving how we all talk to each other and address our shared problems. They are a network of networks, a bridging organization dedicated to helping individuals, organizations, and communities […] (continue)

All Are Welcome at NCDD

First of all, thank you to everyone in this community for sticking with the work in a tough year. NCDD’s staff and board have been talking a lot over the last nine months of the pandemic about what this year has shown us about this network’s necessity in the world, and where we can most support you all. It’s been encouraging to see that much of what we’ve always offered – news and resources, and opportunities to connect and collaborate – are still highly valued […] (continue)

Join Us for the Online Engagement Showcase!

NCDD is excited to partner with the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University to host our first Online Engagement Showcase! This free event takes place September 29th from 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific on Zoom and QiqoChat. RSVP at this link in order to save your spot! The Online Engagement Showcase will feature synchronous tools and platforms that can help you with your virtual engagement. In this uniquely formatted event, you will have the opportunity to learn about numerous platforms in a […] (continue)

Watch the Recording: Launching With the People!

On August 27th we held our August Confab, which served as the launch of the With the People Initiative. Thanks to everyone who attended and explored the ways they can get involved! A special thanks to Betty Knighton, Darla Minnich, Kara Lindaman, and Kara Dillard for sharing with us the resources, tools, and opportunities available to those who wish to take part! And thanks to the many national partners of this initiative for supporting it so far: All In Campus Democracy Challenge | Civic Nation […] (continue)

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